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Acclaimed Author Chris Abani to Lecture Dec. 2

Acclaimed Author Chris Abani to Lecture Dec. 2

The UC Riverside professor will discuss the limits and power of witness.

(November 17, 2010)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Chris Abani, award-winning author and professor of creative writing at UC Riverside, will discuss “Speaking the Unspeakable: The Limits and Power of Witness,” on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Building, room 1113.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6.

Abani, recipient of a Guggenheim Award and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, will explore the uncomfortable tension between the human need to give witness to difficulty and the impossibility of doing it justice as part of the Lyceum Lectures sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society.

The quarterly lectures provide an opportunity to hear from prominent members of the faculty.

Abani, born in Nigeria and educated in the West African nation, London and Los Angeles, has won numerous awards for his prose and poetry. In addition to the Guggenheim and Lannan awards, his honors include the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.

He is the author of “Song For Night” (Akashic , 2007), “The Virgin of Flames” (Penguin, 2007), “Becoming Abigail” (Akashic, 2006), “GraceLand” (FSG, 2004), and “Masters of the Board” (Delta, 1985); and poetry collections “Sanctificum” (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), “There Are No Names for Red” (Red Hen Press, 2010), “Feed Me The Sun - Collected Long Poems” (Peepal Tree Press, 2010) “Hands Washing Water” (Copper Canyon, 2006), “Dog Woman” (Red Hen, 2004), “Daphne’s Lot” (Red Hen, 2003), and “Kalakuta Republic” (Saqi, 2001).

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